Bethancourt goes yard for M-Braves

Atlanta's No. 2 prospect doubles, scores twice in victory

Christian Bethancourt will represent the World team at the Futures Game. (Walter Barnard/

By | July 10, 2013 10:48 PM ET

Atlanta's No. 2 prospect Christian Bethancourt homered, doubled, plated two runs and scored twice in the Mississippi Braves' 8-2 victory over the Chattanooga Lookouts.

The Panamanian catcher is batting .262 with five homers and 24 RBIs in 54 Southern League games.

Teammate Robby Hefflinger added a solo homer and scored twice and starter Mitch Atkins (2-1) struck out five batters over seven innings in the triumph.


Bradin Hagens (9-4) scattered three hits and three walks while striking out two batters over six innings in the Mobile BayBears' 3-0 win over the host Jacksonville Suns.

Hagnes, who threw 52 of 86 pitches for strikes, bounced back nicely from his last start against Montgomery on Thursday in which he he yielded eight runs over four innings of a loss.

Mobile first baseman Nick Evans homered, doubled, walked and scored twice in the victory.


Xavier Scruggs hit his 22nd homer of the year, but his Springfield Cardinals fell to the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, 10-5.

Naturals designated hitter Orlando Calixte hammered a sixth-inning grand slam and No. 9 hitter Whit Merrifield ripped a two-RBI triple and plated three runs in the win.

Right fielder Yem Prades was 3-for-4 with three runs scored and center fielder Brett Eibner reached base safely three times, recorded two RBIs and scored a run in helping Northwest Arkansas improve to 36-53.


San Antonio's Matt Wisler allowed three hits and two walks while striking out four batters over five innings in the Missions' 1-0 win over the Midland RockHounds.

It marked the second straight scoreless outing for the 20-year-old right-hander, who has allowed just three runs over his past 22 innings.

RockHounds starter Sean Murphy matched Wisler pitch by pitch, scattering four hits over six scoreless innings, but neither pitcher factored in the decision.


It took five hours and 16 minutes, but the Corpus Christi Hooks bested the Frisco RoughRiders, 8-7, in 16 innings.

First baseman Erik Castro homered, reached base five times and scored three runs for the Hooks and shortstop Jiovanni Mier plated three runs.

Starter Ross Seaton struck out eight batters and allowed a run on two hits over six innings to lower his ERA to 4.05.

Frisco third baseman Alex Buchholz was 4-for-7 with three doubles and a run scored, and center fielder Ryan Strausborger added a two-run homer.

Catcher Zach Zaneski spun three scoreless innings in relief for the RoughRiders, before the Hooks won the game on a passed ball with two outs.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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